|Sinaii to persevere in efforts to make “Winter Train”||
TEHRAN -- Iranian director Khosro Sinaii plans to persevere in his efforts to convince Iran’s Farabi Cinematic Foundation (FCF) to allow him to make “Winter Train”, a movie about the immigration of Polish people to Iran during World War II.
“I am still waiting for the preliminary work to be done, and I will show persistence in the film project,” Sinaii told the Persian service of the Iranian Students News Agency on Sunday.
The plan to make “Winter Train” was announced in November 2010 after Polish Cultural and Press Attaché Radoslaw Pytlak and FCF Director Ahmad Mir-Alaii signed an agreement to produce the film.
They also announced that Sinaii would direct “Winter Train” along with a Polish producer. However, there has been no progress in the project.
“I have not lost hope. I am in contact with the Polish side to approve the necessary budget for the film,” Sinaii stated.
Pytlak had previously said that his country will do its best in the production of the film, which will focus on an important human event.
Sinaii was granted the Gloria Artis medal by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in May 2011.
In 2008, he received the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Poland for his “The Lost Requiem”, a documentary about the Polish wartime exodus from the Soviet labor camps of Siberia to Iran.
Sinaii also made “Malgorzata”, a telefilm about the story of the Polish exodus to Iran in 1942 during World War II.
World War II was devastating to Poland, as not only was the country’s Jewish population almost totally annihilated during the war, but also millions of non-Jewish Poles died as well. A great number of the population was forced to flee from their homeland to seek refuge in other countries around the world including Iran.
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